An application being made by major energy supplier E.On for funding for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology at Kingsnorth could appeal to some homeowners.
The company is looking to get funding from the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR) so that it can further develop the technology that is designed to capture carbon emissions produced by burning coal rather than releasing it into the atmosphere.
Power stations fired using fossil fuels such as coal and gas may be needed to plug the energy gap until new nuclear reactors come online, but their potential environmental impact makes them very controversial.
Andy Read, clean coal business development manager for E.On UK, said: "CCS is an essential technology for reducing global emissions and needs to be developed rapidly if the UK and Europe is to play its part in the fight against climate change."
He added that the company's intention is to turn Kingsnorth into a major hub for CCS technology in the south-east.
CCS technology remains in the test phase and has not yet been proven commercially viable.
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